HOTEGEZUGT
 KLEZMER MUSIC
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between tradition and modernity
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the  musicians :

 

Michel Borzykowski
  
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Michel Borzykowski : saxophones    

 

Bianca Favez
  
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Christine Regard
Bianca Favez
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 fiddle
Christine Regard
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"reb
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 accordion:



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Sylvie Bossi

Sylvie Bossi
   
                           
         
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percussion : double bass :
David Morhain
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"reb Dovidl"
David Morhain
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"reb Freydl"
Frederic Berney

 

                         
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and sometimes :
"Ann-Kamoon" Anne-Claire Monnier  or   Yael Miller

vocals

Klezmer music...

Klezmer is the music that Jewish troubadours used to peddle from one celebration to another, from one "shtetl" (village) to a ghetto, in Eastern Europe, since the Middle Ages.

Rocked in liturgy, inspired by ecstatic Hasidic melodies and secular songs, he slummed in hostels and enriched with theater and folk dances.

In symbiosis with Slavic, Gypsy, and Ottoman music, it acquired an incomparable diversity and richness of expression. With changing paces, slight dissonance, ornamentation and a touch of improvisation, klezmer encourages spirituality and dancing. It is able to express all emotions, joy and sadness, meditation, love, or drunkenness, without forgetting the (Jewish!) humor! Torn from Europe by Nazism and Stalinism, he was engrafted to jazz in America before becoming again popular worldwide.

Perpetuating the klezmer tradition without freezing it, HOTEGEZUGT ('sez he!' in Yiddish) was formed and deformed since thanks to a few musicians who love klezmer and Jewish music... It plays a lot of klezmer and Yiddish themes, Israeli and Sephardic songs, and some of its own compositions, all arranged in his own way and sometimes mixed with classical and swing…

 

 

Who are we ?

Michel Borzykowski
Michel BORZYKOWSKI is born in Geneva (Switzerland) from Jewish Polish parents, survivors of the Shoah. Physician since a long time and music lover since always, he discovered an old saxophone in a cellar and the pleasure to play on it a few years ago! He joined some Jazz bands in Geneva (Pumpkin quartet, Alain Guyonnet's Love and Soda, etc.). Since 1996, he takes up his cultural origins and works mainly on klezmer and other kinds of Jewish music with the bands Hotegezugt, Rojinkes mit Mandeln, Intsvishn, Diaspora Blues and Tohu veBohu. Teacher and Yiddish dance leader, he was, during 15 years, vice-president of the Association AMJ (Friends of Jewish Music) www.amj.ch in Geneva.
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Pier-Yves TETU studied accordion with Denis Croisonier and Andre Thepaz, then at the Conservatory of Chambery (France). Graduate as a tenor at the Conservatories of Grenoble and Nevers (Paul Guigue), he participates in man concerts in France and in Europe with Michel Chapel, the accordions quartet Harmonia and the singers of Evasion. He also played with the French klezmer band Klej'Zema.
http://pier-yvestetu.e-monsite.com


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Bianca FAVEZ was born in Roumania. She began to play the violin at five, then studied at the National Conservatory of Paris where she won a first award and at the Conservatory of Geneva where she got a virtuosity. She played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande and under the direction of Michel Corboz. Active in many orchestras and chamber music ensembles, she played in many festivals, in Switzerland and well as in Europe. Violin Professor at the Accademia d’Archi, she also plays as a soloist at the Orchestra of the Colleges (dir. Philippe Beran) and at the Orchestra of Saint-Jean (dir. Arsene Liechti). Who could have thought that such a career would make her love to play with a klezmer band?

   

   
Christine REGARD studied at the Conservatories of Geneva and Lausanne, where she obtained a diploma and a virtuosity. Violinist with the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva since its inception (Collegium Academicum), she also plays as well in big bands as in small ensembles or as a soloist. Apart from classical music, she also plays different kinds of world music, such as Irish, Russian, Gypsy and, of course, klezmer.




 
David MORHAIN found his first rhythmical inspiration on his younger brother's head and on the darbouka his grand-father was obliged to buy for him! After a scholar training as drummer and percussionist, he came to jazz through the APEJS at the Conservatory of Chambery, then refined his ears and sharpened his drumsticks and fingers in France and Switzerland with many bands, as The Blues Busters (rhythm’blues), the Departemental Big Band (jazz), New Parade Jazz Band (New Orleans jazz) among others. With Hotegezugt et Palavrikas de Amor, he gets back to his Jewish and Tunisian origins!

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Sylvie BOSSI begins the accordion at the age of 9 ans because, after her Mam, horseriding is too dangerous! After studying classical music to musette, she teaches as early as 16, leads the Avenir accordeoniste de Chatelaine and plays -among others- withe the Orchestre Romand des Professeurs d'Accordeon, Cadenza Baiana, NaMaSy, Loch Leman Ceilidh, Baroccordeon, Sebastien Gabriel, Jean-Marie Curti and the Choeur Theatral of Avully. Her repertoire spreads over world music, Celtic and Eastern Europa Folk as well as Tango, Rock, Baroque... no withstanding Jazz and Electro, in short, every kind of nice and moving music...
www.baiana-split.ch



    
Continuously hands-on and self unrepentant, Frédéric BERNEY fell into music in childhood and alert aftermath... Having devoured Wagner, Brassens, The Beatles, Charlie Parker and Igor Stravinsky by both ears, having been guitarist, actor, painter and filmmaker, he catches the biggest tool he could find, tames it and begins to improvise: popular songs, symphonic music, jazz and world music... with hot points in Indian and Klezmer music.



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Anne-Claire MONNIER is born in the past century in a small village in primitive Switzerland. She studied theater with Serge Martin and learned everything she could in many occasions. She's member of Eva Castellino's dance company "100% Acrylic" and continues with passion her career, featuring as dancer, vocalist, comedian and artistic director in Europe, Canada and Australia. Although yiddish is not precisely her mameloshn, she knows how to make its intonation alive with her extraordinary presence on stage...


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Born in Israel, Yael Miller studies classical and jazz singing, piano and trombone at the Yigal Alon conservatory in Israël. She's the first jazz singer in the famous "Outstanding Musician" program of the Israeli army. Since she's 15, Yael composes, and features in hese own bands. Her first concert out of her country is in China with the vocal jazz band Contra Bat. At 20, she leaves Israel to New York, France and finally Geneva where she settles down since 2006. She sings with various jazz, funk, rock musicians, rappers, slammers and klezmorim, creates the band Orioxy, records and work with the Labiscou Company. Furthermore, she studies Kial, a classical North Indian singing technique in Varanasi. With all these influences, she creates a very personal musical universe.
www.orioxy.net
 
 
They've also played with Hotegezugt...
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After learning classical piano at the Music Conservatory in Lausanne and at the Jaques Dalcroze School in Geneva, Christine NIGGELER choosed diversity: dance music, church organ, accompanist of singers, composer, musical animator for children, handicaped or elders in institutions, teacher, choir directror (Acratopege), etc. Through traditional music of Eastern Europe and Mediterranea (with the folk band Tamatakia), she quickly joined the klezmer movement, in which she took a complete membership. She often plays as a substitute with Hotegezugt.




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Julien Paillard sails since the age of 7, with his accordion, on the musical ocean that life offers him: classical, jazz, Irish, Breton, Chinese, Mongolian, and -why not?- Klezmer! After the Conservatory of Berne, he's completing his pedagogic training at the High Music School in Lausanne. But even more than music, his career is driven by the life that emanates from it and travel that it causes...
Between two new projects, he likes to step back, breathe deeply and have a tender look on both past and future.
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After a classical education at the André Thepaz Institute, after jazz, harmony and arrangement classes with Pierre Drevet ans a masterclass with Richard Galliano, Denis CROISONNIER composes, arranges and plays mainly Jazz on the accordion. He teaches accordion in the Jazz section of the High School of Music (HEC) and at the EJMA in Lausanne as well as at the ETM in Geneva (Switzerland). He also plays with many orchestras, including The Trio Acoustique and the Denis Croisonnier electric-jazz 4tet. So, why not klezmer?    www.deniscroisonnier.com

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Having studied organ, piano, improvisation, pedagogy, musicology, the Russian language and French literature, Vincent Thévenaz became organist at the Temple of Chêne as well as organ and improvisation teacher at the Geneva High School of Music (HEM). He also performs with Gli Angeli, Contrechamps, the Geneva Orchestra OSR, with the duet W, the Compagnie de Quat’sous, the Orchestre Buissonnier, etc. He recorded a few CDs, including the last one, "Le Chant de l'Âme", with the fiddler Bianca Favez, dedicated to Jewish composers, that raised the enthusiasm of audience and critics.   www.thevenaz.org



and also :

Patrice MUGNY, Gilles GODINAT, Sarah MANTEGANI, Joël MUSY, Marie-Lise RAGETH, Alain RUAUX, Mirella VEDEVA, Olivier GEAI, Alexis KUNE, Itzik LECHTMAN, Alexandre FAVEZ, Adrien GAUBERT, Dragos TARA, Pascal SALOMON, Charles RAPPAPORT, Esther ACKERMANN, Vinz VONLANTHEN, Geneviève ROMANG, Evaristo PEREZ, Nathalie WEXLER, Michel LOB, Talita KARNUSIAN, Corinne KELLER, Denis FEDOROV, Sophie CORNAZ...


Where can I hear HOTEGEZUGT
and other concerts of Jewish Music ?

 

 

Do you wish to organize a concert with HOTEGEZUGT ?
Would you like to keep personnaly informed ?

send me an e-mail:  borzy (a) sunrise.ch

   

or contact : 

Michel Borzykowski
12 chemin Franconis
CH-1290 Versoix / SWITZERLAND
tel: +41 22 755 41 23 

   

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 updated :  2014 November 2

 

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